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SUSSEX DOWNS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE COURSE GUIDE 2017-18 All you want from a top ranked language school... plus much more!

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CONTENTS ACADEMIC/ OUR VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMES COURSES

GENERAL INFORMATION Welcome

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All You Want From a Top  4 Ranked Language School... Plus Much More! One college,  two campuses

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Successful students

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The UK Education  System

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Accommodation 

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College Activities 

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Applying to Sussex  Downs College

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International Study Year  16

English Language Courses Year Round 21 Hour  English Language Plus

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Year Round 15 Hour  English Language Plus (with NEW unpaid work experience option)

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Cambridge First  Certificate (FCE) Summer Course

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Gold Standard 1-1  English Language

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Groups (Adults  and Young Learners)

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Ministay Groups 

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A Levels 

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Pre-A Level 

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Pre-Foundation  Programme

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Vocational, Technical  24 and Professional Courses

Please note: course information is correct at time of going to press. Government changes to qualifications and funding may mean that information in this guide is subject to alteration. For the latest information, please visit our website www.sussexdowns.ac.uk or contact Admissions on 030 300 39551.

UAL Foundation  Diploma in Art & Design

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University Level Courses  27


We are delighted that you are interested in ďŹ nding out more about studying at Sussex Downs International College.

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Welcome

Quality, Care and Success AT SUSSEX DOWNS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

We are delighted that you are interested in finding out more about studying at Sussex Downs International College. We are a high quality college based in the beautiful South Downs area of South East England. We have two campuses: one on the south coast at Eastbourne and one in the historic county town of Lewes. We are a government college with accreditation from the British Council for our English language provision. In our 2014 British Council inspection report we achieved 12 out of 15 strengths, and we therefore retain our position as one of the top English language providers in the UK. *

We are also proud to have won an award for Excellence in International Student Support in Further Education from the National Union of Students and the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Our website: www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/ international will give you up-todate information on the work and activities of our students and staff, and we encourage you to look at this too.

We employ a full-time Immigration Compliance Officer to help advise you on all aspects of student visas. We have around 3,000 full-time UK students, in addition to 300 international students from around 40 different countries. This rich mix of cultures and backgrounds makes for a vibrant, exciting and welcoming learning community.

Following feedback received from agents, we have decided to develop our successful English Language Plus course to run all year round with no half term breaks so students can join at any time of the year.

We are very proud of our students and their achievements. Examination results are consistently outstanding; in 2016, 85% of international students achieved grades A*-C in their final A Level results with a 100% pass rate. Our students have progressed to Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Durham and to many other top universities and conservatoires, including those outside the UK such as Harvard University and the University of Hong Kong. Our English language examination results are outstanding and have been above national averages for the past three years. Cambridge PET and FCE exams had 100% success and CAE candidates achieved 86% success. The IELTS exam average went up to over 6.0. We hope that this prospectus will give you a clear idea of what we have to offer.

We have also introduced exciting new courses such as the 15 Hour English Plus Unpaid Work Experience for EU students to keep pace with an ever changing international education market. Sussex Downs College is definitely the place if you are seeking high quality learning, new experiences and the opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming you! Mike Hopkins Principal & Chief Executive (Pictured top) Mark Allen International Director

* Sussex Downs College was ranked as the top UK Government College for English language in the EL Gazette (Sep 2016)

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ALL YOU WANT FROM A TOP RANKED LANGUAGE SCHOOL... PLUS MUCH MORE! number one UK language centre for a high quality

Ranked as the

learning experience at an affordable price. “Sussex Downs College offers outstanding value as a five star school.” - English Language Gazette, March 2016

85%

of international students achieved A*-C Grades in their final A Level exams in 2016 with a 100% pass rate

98.3% 98.7%

Overall College A Level pass rate

Vocational pass rate

An all year round language school with no half terms and no Summer break

Year round 15 and 21 hour a week English Language Plus course options

Dedicated International Team with full-time Immigration Compliance Officer to advise on all aspects of visas

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100%

pass rate

in Cambridge PET, FCE, exams in 2016


Winner of UK Council for International Student Affairs/National Union of Students Award for

Excellence in International Student Support

in the Further Education sector International Student of the Year award winner, Hoang Kim Khanh Duong (pictured bottom right), and highly commended student, Huong Trang Vo (second from bottom right), attend the 2017 Student Awards at Sussex Downs College with tutors and fellow students..

IELTS average of over 6.0 achieved by students sitting IELTS exam in 2016

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Residential on-campus accommodation and homestay options

dierent nationalities

Modern campuses in beautiful locations on the South coast of England

Brand new courses to meet the demands of a changing international education market Year Round English Language Plus, English with unpaid work experience (EU only), one week school group ministays, 1-1 English lessons

On-Campus IELTS Test Centre and Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre

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General Information

ONE COLLEGE, TWO CAMPUSES

Clockwise from top left: Airbourne Show on Eastbourne seafront, Lewes town, The River Ouse running through Lewes, Eastbourne Marina.

Lewes Fact File

The Campuses

• World-famous seaside resort • Eight kilometres of unspoilt beaches • Lively social scene • Large shopping centre • Many national awards such as “Best UK Resort”, “Tourism Destination of the Year”, and “Most Welcoming Town in Britain”

• Historic town offering a peaceful and typically English experience • Wonderful 1000 year-old castle and rich in culture • Many independent shops, cosy restaurants and cafes • Safe and welcoming for our international students • The university city of Brighton & Hove just 13 minutes by train from Lewes

• High-achieving academic and vocational centres • Well-established English language centres, offering yearround English language tuition • IELTS test centre at Eastbourne • Cambridge exam centre at Lewes and Eastbourne

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WHERE ARE EASTBOURNE & LEWES? Both Eastbourne and Lewes are within easy reach of Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the exciting city of Brighton.

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SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS Results for A Level qualifications taken in 2016

100% 85%

A level pass rate for our students in 2016

of international students achieved grades A*-C at A Level

98.3%

Overall College A Level pass rate

98.7%

Overall College Vocational pass rate

English Language Results 2016

100%

pass rate in Cambridge PET and FCE exams in 2016

We take great pride in our students’ examination results, which are consistently above the national average. Recent university destinations for our international students include:

Bath

Overseas

Exeter

The University of Hong Kong

Bristol

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Queen Mary King’s College London Surrey

UK Cambridge London School of Economics Imperial College UCL Warwick

Kent Central St. Martins London College of Fashion Royal Academy of Music Royal College of Music

Durham

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University of Toronto University of Melbourne The Chinese University of Hong Kong


General Information

UK EDUCATION SYSTEM ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION FOR HIGHER PROGRAMMES ACADEMIC STUDY EDUCATION LEVELS 1-2 Year Round 21 Hour English Language Plus Year Round 15 Hour English Language Plus Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Summer Course

LEVEL 2 Pre-A Level with English

LEVEL 3 International Study Year A Levels

1-1 Gold Standard English

Vocational, Professional and Technical Courses

Groups (Adults and Young Learners)

Art and Design Foundation Diploma (UAL)

LEVEL 5 University Foundation Degree

LEVEL 6 Bachelor Degree

LEVEL 7 Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas Masters Degrees

LEVEL 8 Doctorates

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YEAR ROUND 21 HOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLUS EASTBOURNE •  Improve your general English •  Gain an English language qualification •  Study a wide range of options relevant to your interests or personal goals •  Flexible start dates and course lengths depending on your study objectives Course Start

Most Mondays throughout the year (see fee sheets for holiday dates) Course length

General English 15 hours Course includes: grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing and tutorial. Options Three hours each Business Additional English (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) Use of English and Speaking Academic English with IELTS Sports Academies***

2 weeks minimum Average class size 13 (maximum 19) Hours per week

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16 years old Entry requirements English language level at Pre-intermediate/CEFR A2 or above

Exam Preparation One choice per term (three hours) IELTS CAE (Advanced) FCE (First Certificate-Upper Intermediate) PET (Preliminary-Intermediate)

LEWES General English 12 hours Course includes: grammar and vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing and tutorial. Options Three hours each Business English Cambridge (BEC) Business Art and Design English Literature Film Studies Travel and Tourism TOEIC Academic English with IELTS Additional English (three to six hours) Introduction to A Level Mathematics * GSCE and A Level Studies ** Sports Academies *** Exam Preparation One choice per term (three hours) IELTS CAE (Advanced) FCE (First Certificate) PET (Preliminary)

Campus Eastbourne or Lewes

Please note that although students aged 16-18 are classified as adults in respect of their eligibility for this course, they are subject to stricter rules on supervision, details of which can be found on Page 29 of this brochure.

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Total programme 21 hours

Total programme 21 hours

* Summer Term Only ** Starting in September for ten months. Please note that it will not be possible to take GCSEs or A Levels as options if you have a Short Term Student Visa (6 or 11 months). ***See Page 30 (Sports Academies) All options and exams are subject to student demand.

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YEAR ROUND 15 HOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLUS (with NEW Unpaid Work Experience Option for EU students only)

OUR STUDENTS

Eun Hoo Lee

• Suitable for those on a smaller budget and allows students free time to pursue other activities • We can now arrange an unpaid work placement to combine with your English course for European Union passport holders only with a right to work. This will be an excellent addition to your CV and will greatly help you to secure work upon your return to your home country.

Course Start Most Mondays throughout the year (see fee sheets for holiday dates) Course length 1 week minimum Average class size 13 (maximum 19) Hours per week

You are also welcome to add the following English options to the basic 15 hour course:

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• Business

16 years old

• Additional English (Listening and Speaking) • Use of English and Speaking • Exam Preparation • Academic IELTS • Cambridge First Certificate Exam Preparation

Minimum age

“I’m studying on the English Language Plus course. The facilities at Sussex Downs College are outstanding and the staff are very friendly. During my year studying English, I’ve learned a lot about England and cultural diversity as well. It has been a life changing experience for me studying in England and I highly recommend this college for studying abroad programmes.”

Entry requirements English language level at Pre-intermediate/CEFR A2 or above Campus

SCAN THIS PAGE TO WATCH A TESTIMONIAL FROM EUN

Eastbourne All options and exams are subject to student demand.

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CAMBRIDGE FIRST CERTIFICATE (FCE) PREPARATION SUMMER COURSE our students

Sachi Tanaki

•  Ideal for students who already have an upper-intermediate level of English and wish to receive intensive preparation for and take the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Exam in July 2017 •  Internationally recognised by employers and universities

Course Start

3 July 2017 - 27 July 2017 Course length

3.6 weeks Average class size 10 (maximum 19) Hours per week

25 hours Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirements Please note that although students aged 16-18 are classified as adults in respect of their eligibility for this course, they are subject to stricter rules on supervision,details of which can be found at Page 29 of the brochure.

Upper-intermediate equivalent to CEFR B2 Campus Lewes

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“I like Lewes as it is a very pretty and safe town and the local people are very kind. I am studying English Language Plus and we have a lot of discussions during the classes which I enjoy. The teachers at Sussex Downs College are very kind and it feels like a family. We have many events like international picnics and tea parties where we can make friends with each other. I wish to return to University in Japan and I hope to use my English in my future work.”


Courses at Eastbourne & Lewes

1-1 GOLD STANDARD ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Gold Standard class provides an expert teacher on a oneto-one basis with the course content developed specifically to meet your individual needs. You can choose from General English, Executive English or exam preparation in IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE or BEC. The class is suitable for part time or full time students and can be arranged to fit around teaching or work schedules. The number of sessions available is flexible to meet your needs and can be combined with standard group classes.

our students

Laurent Fernex “I am a French national living in Switzerland. I work for Harley-Davidson selling their motorbikes around the world. I chose Sussex Downs College because they offer Gold Standard one to one intensive lessons. I needed to improve my English rapidly as it is necessary for my work selling motorbikes to international clients.

Lewes is a great town to study in as it is peaceful but interesting and very typically English in style. The teachers were very enthusiastic and there is no doubt that I have greatly increased my confidence in speaking English even in just two weeks. I will now return to Switzerland and continue the good work I have done with Sussex Downs College at a private language school.”

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INTERNATIONAL STUDY YEAR

•  Achieve a higher level of fluency in English language whilst experiencing UK lifestyle and its education system. •  Study alongside British students but without the pressure of sitting exams •  Ideal for students taking a “gap year” before university studies •  English language support and services of personal tutor built into the course •  Flexibility of studying for just one term or up to a whole academic year

Course Start

4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length

One term up to a whole academic year Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in each paper. Minimum five passes at GCSE level or equivalent Campus Lewes or Eastbourne

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SCAN THIS PAGE TO WATCH A TESTIMONIAL FROM CHIARA our students Students will be able to choose up to three subjects:

Chiara Tomasoni

Yukiko Takanashi

“I am studying the International Study Year programme. What I like about Lewes as a town is that everything is in reach and you can walk everywhere. Also the people are very friendly and open-minded.

“I like Lewes as it contains a lot of historical buildings and has beautiful gardens. My English Language Plus course has a wide range of options such as Art and Design, Business and Academic English.

Maths Engineering Economics Massage Biology Make Up Chemistry Hair Physics Floristry Accounting Patisserie Psychology Cookery Sociology Motor Vehicle Body Art and Design Physical Education French Spanish German Performing Arts Music Business Travel and Tourism

You can get to know British students on the International Study Year and make friends and understand British culture. You learn to think for yourself on the course rather than memorising by heart. In the future I would like to be a freelance journalist and I think the International Study Year is giving me an invaluable international experience and will help me achieve my goal.”

I joined the choir during my stay at the College and this enabled me to make British friends. I teach singing in Japan and because of my course I will be able to explain intonation and stress of English songs better to my students. My teachers at Sussex Downs have been wonderful and full of enthusiasm and I have been really impressed by the standard of their teaching. The lessons are so well prepared and organised.”

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GROUPS (ADULTS AND YOUNG LEARNERS)

•  More than 20 years of experience in welcoming groups of international students •  We work closely with your group leaders to create a suitable programme. •  Many groups return year after year to enjoy our English programmes for groups. •  Choose between residential and homestay options. •  Regular groups from Germany, Austria, China, Italy, Spain and Japan •  Young Learner groups must be accompanied by a group leader.

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Young Learner Homestay Option (Eastbourne) •  Full package, including tuition, accommodation, activities, excursions, course materials and airport transfers •  19 hours a week General English, working on all four skills •  Memorable weekly excursions to top UK cities and attractions •  Two half-day excursions a week to fascinating local places of interest such as: - Historic Lewes and its 1000 year-old castle - Picturesque walk and cream tea at Seven Sisters beauty spot near Eastbourne - Tour of Brighton - Fun activities such as sports afternoons, ten pin bowling, treasure hunts and quizzes •  Students stay with carefully selected host families.

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School Ministay Groups •  We welcome school groups all year round for one week “ministay” packages which combine English language with the following options: •  Visits to local employers •  Sample lessons in academic subjects such as History, English Literature, Psychology •  Different options, excursions and activities can be added to the package if required. •  Please contact Jonathan Harris-Gibbins at: jonathan.harris-gibbins@ sussexdowns.ac.uk for a quote.


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A LEVELS

Course Start

4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length

2 years Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers for three A Levels. IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with 6.0 in writing is required for four A Levels. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course.

•  Your passport to the best universities in the UK and typically studied in three or four subjects •  Benefit from ongoing English language and subject-specific language support to help you achieve the best grades possible •  Option to take our Enhanced Support Package which includes additional language and study skills lessons •  Pre-arrival advice to ensure that your subject choices are right for you •  On-course support from a dedicated Personal Tutor, individual progression advice and help with your university application.

Successful completion of two years of senior secondary school or equivalent. Students from Hong Kong are required to have successfully completed a minimum of Form Four . Campus Eastbourne or Lewes

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SCAN THIS PAGE TO WATCH A TESTIMONIAL FROM GERARDO our students Students normally take three of the following subjects:

Gerardo Sebastian Pelaez Becerra

Rebeka Gajdosik

“I am studying English Language Plus and my classes are very dynamic and you get to express your own opinions.

“I really like Lewes, because it has a homely atmosphere. This town is peaceful and pretty quiet, a perfect place for studying.

The teachers are very caring and the classrooms are modern and clean. Lewes as a town has a family atmosphere and everything is close by.

Sussex Downs College is very welcoming and the teachers are helpful and patient. They are motivating us for learning.

Accounting German Sociology Art and Design Graphics Spanish Biology Health and Social Care Textiles Business Studies Maths Chemistry Further Maths Communication and Culture Media Computer Science Modern History Dance Music Drama and Theatre Studies Music Technology Economics Philosophy Film Studies Photography Fine Art Physical Education French Physics Geography Psychology

In the future I would like to study Civil Engineering in Ecuador and then go to the USA or the UK to do a Masters. Studying at Sussex Downs College has helped me build in confidence and develop my knowledge to achieve this dream.”

I am studying A Level Business, Mathematics and Economics. My courses are really enjoyable and interesting. I want to go to University to study economics and become an entrepreneur, so my lessons are helping me with achieving my goals for the future.”

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PRE-A LEVEL (EU STUDENTS ONLY)

•  Opportunity to combine GCSE or BTEC qualifications with supplementary English support. •  Excellent choice if you wish to progress on to a UK university preparation course, such as A Levels or BTEC Level 3, but do not have the required level of English or academic background to do so. •  GCSEs are the recognised qualifications gained after completing the first stage of secondary education in the UK and can be studied in a variety of subjects such as: •  Mathematics •  Photography •  Science (Applied) Single Award •  Science (Applied) Double Award •  Sociology •  You can choose a vocational BTEC qualification from the following range of subjects:

Course Start

4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length

One Year Average class size 13 (maximum 19) Hours per week

•  Art and Design •  Information Technology •  Performing Arts •  Business •  Travel and Tourism •  Sport

Approx. 20 hours Minimum age

16 years old Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.0 (academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all papers. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Lewes

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PRE-FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

This course is designed for students who wish to study at a UK university Foundation Year in the future but require a higher IELTS score and dedicated support to select their university programme. It guarantees progression to a university degree with one of our partner universities.

Course Start

4 Sept 2017 or 2 Jan 2018 Course length

6 or 11 months Average class size 13 Hours per week Approx. 20 hours Minimum age

18 by the September following the Pre-Foundation Programme Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 4.0 (academic) with a minimum of 4.0 in all papers. EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Lewes

Our caring and experienced staff will advise you on the best universities to apply for and help you complete your application. The higher your final IELTS score at the end of the Pre-Foundation, the better the University ranking that you can go to – including top ranked Russell Group universities. Curriculum: • General English in mixed nationality classes • Academic English • IELTS • Study skills • Guidance & support to apply for a UK University International Foundation Year

Example Degree Subjects • • • • •

Business Computing Engineering Marketing Social Sciences

Other example universities you could progress to: •  Bath University •  Warwick University •  Aberystwyth University

Guaranteed Progression: We have an agreement with Oxford Brookes university to guarantee progression on to their International Foundation Year (IFY) programmes.

Please note that a Tier 4 visa is not required for this course. You should apply for a short-term student visa (6 or 11 months).

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VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COURSES • Obtain the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workplace or university • Benefit from quality tuition from highly qualified teachers who have considerable industry experience • Develop your skills in realistic working environments relevant to your course, including Sussex Downs College’s own restaurant, beauty salons and workshops, all of which are equipped to industry standards Course Start 4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length 1-2 years Minimum age 16 years old Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers. Successful completion of two years of senior secondary school or equivalent.

Six Months Intensive Courses It is possible to study certain subjects intensively in six months leading to a recognised qualification. Please get in touch with us at international@sussexdowns.ac.uk for further details. Currently we can offer Complementary Therapy, Golf, Cabin Crew, Hair and Beauty, Performing Arts and Modern Foreign Languages.

EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Eastbourne or Lewes

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our students Please find below the list of subjects you can study:

Ines Reig Llorens

Oscar Andres Munos Yissi

“Lewes is a very friendly small town with really good transport links to Brighton which is close by.

“I am studying on the English Language Plus course. Lewes is a really safe and quiet town and all the people there are very friendly.

Applied Science Art and Design Business Construction and the Built Environment Creative Media (Film and TV Production) Dance Engineering Interactive Media Hair & Beauty Complementary Therapy Make-Up Artistry Health and Social Care Hospitality & Catering Information Technology Motor Vehicle Repair Music Music Production & Creative Recording Performing Arts or Production Arts Software Development Sport

The teachers are very motivated and I enjoy the method of teaching with lots of discussions to practice what you have learned. There are many social activities like archery, yoga and Zumba classes where you have the chance to socialise with British students. I plan to study a Masters taught in English and my English course is preparing me very well for that.”

I like the fact that people with disabilities are well looked-after and there are good facilities for them. In the English classes you get the chance to participate a lot and express your opinions. I work in a bank in Chile and English will help me in my work but also with the charitable work I do on behalf of children.”

Travel and Tourism

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UAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART AND DESIGN

Course Start 4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length 1 year Minimum age 18 years old by December in year of entry Entry requirement Minimum English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers Senior secondary school certificate above GCSE level. Satisfactory portfolio of art, design and craftwork EU students are required to have a GCSE qualification or equivalent in Maths and English or obtain them as part of their course. Campus Eastbourne • An intensive, practical and exciting one-year course, designed to prepare you for an art or design-based university programme. • All tutors are practising artists, designers and craftsmen and women who will support you throughout your course and encourage you to develop your creative and analytical skills. • Covers all areas of art and design, including fine art, graphics & Illustration, fashion and textiles, 3D, product and interior design or photography.

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• High success rates in gaining places at top UK universities and art colleges such as Central St Martins, Edinburgh University, Goldsmiths College, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Ravensbourne, University of Brighton, University College London (UCL) and the Winchester School of Art.

It is now possible to study a six month compressed version of this course. Please contact: international@sussexdowns.ac.uk for further details.

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UNIVERSITY LEVEL COURSES- FOUNDATION DEGREES AND HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMAS

• Equivalent to two years of a traditional honours degree. A Foundation Degree is a qualification in itself and many students gain employment or decide to study for one more year by doing a “Top-Up” honours course. The same is true of a Higher National Diploma. • Validated by the University of Brighton

Please find below the courses available: Complementary Healthcare Digital Media Design Music Production and Creative Recording Sport Coaching and Development HND Mechanical or Electrical Engineering HND Health and Social Care HND Hospitality Management

Course Start 4 September 2017 - 29 June 2018 Course length 2 years Minimum age 18 years old Entry requirement English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic) with 6.0 in writing. Successful completion of senior secondary school, A Levels or a Foundation course or equivalent. Campus Eastbourne or Lewes

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ACCOMMODATION

• Accommodation thoroughly checked and monitored by our Accommodation and Welfare staff in accordance with the standards set out in the British Council Accreditation Scheme • Two categories of accommodation for students: Homestay accommodation (with meals) Residential accommodation Homestay Acommodation (Eastbourne and Lewes) What are the benefits? • Practise English language • Experience British culture • Enjoy home comforts • Safe and secure • No guardian needed • Individual care • Life-long friendships

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Residential Accommodation

Care of Under 18s

Three different types • On-campus residence Caburn House • Residential self-catering accommodation • Residential accommodation with meals

All students aged under 18 years of age are required to complete a parental consent form prior to arrival in the UK. This form is completed by their parent(s)/legal guardian to confirm permission of what the student can or can’t do with regards to activities outside of the scheduled course programme and any curfews that the student may have, which are agreed with and implemented between the parents/guardian, College and host provider.

On-campus residence, Caburn House (Lewes Campus only) • Must be aged 18 years or over • Secure and independent environment • Private en-suite study bedroom • Shared kitchen and living facilities • Free wifi Residential self-catering accommodation (Eastbourne and Lewes) • You live with host in family home but you cook your own meals • Ideal for the more independent student • Live alongside other international students Residential Accommodation with meals (Eastbourne ) • You live with host in accommodation with capacity for more than four students with host who provides meals. • Live alongside other international students • Enjoy home comforts

Accommodation All students will be allocated homestay with meals accommodation with a College approved host family, unless alternative arrangements have been made by the parent(s) or legal guardian and written confirmation has been provided to the College. All students aged under 18 years living in college-arranged accommodation will be required to pay their accommodation fees through the College. Curfew The College has a curfew for all students aged under 18 years. The times of the curfew are specified on the parental consent and students must adhere to these times.

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COLLEGE ACTIVITIES • Participate in a wide range of activities that will support your learning, enabling you to learn new skills and make new friends • Learn many new skills which can enhance your Curriculum Vitae (CV) for both university and job applications

Sport Academies • Open to students studying from September to at least April • Entry by interview and trial • Combine weekly training with professional coaching and competitions for an additional fee

Sport at Sussex Downs College

Eastbourne: Football & Golf

• Each campus is equipped with a wide range of sporting amenities and there are leisure centres, swimming pools, gyms and athletics training facilities located on or next to each campus.

Lewes: Football, Rugby & Netball

• You could participate in the following sporting activities on campus or in the local area:

Archery Badminton Basketball Dance Football Golf Gym Hockey Rugby

Other activities on and off campus: • Orchestra and choir • Day trips to cultural and tourist destinations such as Oxford and the Harry Potter Studio in London • Regular fun activities such as picnics, barbecues and traditional English tea party • CV writing workshops for just £4 a week • Award-winning Student Union • Town tours • Language exchange with UK students • Please consult our main college website www.sussexdowns. ac.uk/colleges/adult-learning for part-time leisure classes available at our Lewes and Eastbourne campuses.

Squash Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Yoga Zumba

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Sussex Downs College International Students’ Course Guide 2017-18


General Information

Sussex Downs College International Students’ Course Guide 2017-18

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APPLYING TO SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE You should submit the following documents to us for consideration: 1. Application- a fully completed online international application form 2. Passport- a scanned copy 3. Academic Reports- your most recent school reports 4. English language certificates For full details on the application procedure please click on the “How to Apply” tab under the “Apply guidance” section at www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/international


Sussex Downs College, Lewes

Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne

(all enquiries to this campus) Mountfield Road Lewes East Sussex, BN7 2XH United Kingdom

Cross Levels Way Eastbourne East Sussex, BN21 2UF United Kingdom

Telephone: (international office) +44 (0) 30 300 38787 Telephone: (main college) +44 (0) 30 300 39200 Email: international@sussexdowns.ac.uk Web: www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/international

Watch a video of a day in the life of our students on our website. SussexDownsInternationalCollege SDinternational

Sussex Downs International College Course Guide 2017-18  

Sussex Downs International College Course Guide 2017-18

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